Rising demand for energy worldwide is making the need for affordable, sustainable energy sources increasingly urgent. According to the International Energy Agency, energy consumption in cities worldwide will grow 73 percent by 2030, causing a 76 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions. Buildings are an important part of the sustainability picture for Mexico City. At least 20 percent of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, with growth in coming decades expected to increase energy demand.
To address the critical role of buildings in reducing citywide emissions, EMBARQ Mexico and the World Resources Institute (WRI)—along with Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), La Alianza por la Eficiencia Energética (ALENER), and the government of Mexico City—organized a workshop to launch the Building Efficiency Accelerator partnership in Mexico City. One hundred policymakers, business leaders, and representatives of civil society joined to shape a new partnership aiming to improve building efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city.